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    Henry Ross is offline Senior Member
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    Default In Praise of Sinew and Steel

    I wanted to share something, if it's alright.

    Let me begin by saying that for a long time (more than most people have been training, probably--I'm an old-timer) I've finished my Monday workout with what I call an "odd lift". I try to do something out of the ordinary, unusual. This might involve just grabbing and crush lifting a wooden keg; jerking a small bale overhead; or going for a farmer's walk with two full Jerry cans around the garden.

    This is a great way to finish a workout, and I'd advise it for anyone, but recently I've felt a bit stale. Running out of ideas. I always seem tto settle for the same old stuff, which is not what you want if you're trying to throw something interesting, varied and realistic into the mix.

    I was on this forum earlier and stumbled over this thread:

    If there can be only one?

    In it, there was a reference to a site called Sinew and Steel, as well as related videos. I checked these out.

    Needless to say, I'm not out of "Monday ideas" anymore!!

    In just one brief video, I witnessed:

    1. Hammering tyres
    2. Hammering logs
    3. Tomahawking wood
    4. 'combat-style' running
    5. Hill sprinting
    6. Towel arm and shoulder/rotator cuff training (new to me. Wing chun?)
    7. Centripetal kettlebell swings
    8. Ballistic pinch grip work (catching a 60lb db)
    9. Kettlebell "shock curls" (yeah, they're new to me, too)
    10. Sledgehammer forearm conditioning
    11. Arm and hand strength/agility exercise with an Olympic barbell rod (karate?)
    12. Sledgehammer plyometrics
    13. Another centripetal KB swing variant
    14. A kettlebll clean/juggle drill
    Here's the link:

    YouTube - Sinew and steel 3

    In short, this guy's stuff contains more genuine "functional" training than I've read about in scores of books which feature the subject. Totally original.

    I tell you what, if more trainers were able to think like this lad (Walter Dorey?) there'd be twice as many REALLY strong athletes running around. (And not just "gym strong, neither.)

    I rarely endorse stuff I find on the internet, but I'm convinced that everybody who trains should check out these videos.

    YouTube - sinewandsteel's Channel

    For the kettlebell lovers out there, this is also true. How many of us do swings, TGUs, cleans and presses, and not much else? The vid above reminded me just how incredibly versatile kettlebells are as a training tool.

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    I'm a big fan of that site & WalterDorey's posts.

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    Walter,

    Be careful running with that hatchet.

    You've got some really cool stuff. I like the camo squat rack.
    Last edited by PressMan; 10-10-2010 at 07:38 AM.

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    Default I'm Jealous

    Quote Originally Posted by PressMan View Post
    Walter,

    Be careful running with that hatchet.
    Try watching this one where he throws the flaming thing! (02:09) I certainly would not try to mug this gentleman while he's out and about.

    YouTube - Sinew and Steel Take Two

    I love this video; and some of that is my jealousy about the location; the empty desert, the solitude. How wonderful.

    It's pouring here and the streets are full of yobs. Wish I could take a tomahawk out with me.

    I also notice that he runs with vibrams (I think?) on his feet. They remind me of tabi, the split-toes shoes ninjas wore, many years ago...

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    Walter Dorey is offline Senior Member
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    Thanks guys for the input!

    I love this stuff and hope to give people new ideas for training. A lot of it is good just for variety day training or as Henry Ross said, sticking a finisher in at the end of a workout.

    I've got a lot more coming your way and am working on some programs to help those just starting out. I've picked up a few more "tools" to experiment with and train with. They'll pop up in a video at some point, ha ha.

    Any thoughts or input is highly appreciated!

    And please feel free to spread the word to others you may know.

    Thanks again!

    Walter
    sinewandsteel.com

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    I also agree great page com.Walter!

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    Default Disagree

    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Dorey View Post

    I love this stuff and hope to give people new ideas for training. A lot of it is good just for variety day training or as Henry Ross said, sticking a finisher in at the end of a workout.
    I think it fits in well with an ETK-style variety day, OR as a a "finisher".

    But also, I think this is exactly the kind of stuff all modern training is missing.

    Most athletes who train regularly could do worse than sticking a "Sinew and Steel" type exercise in at the end/beginning of each workout, to stay sharp. To "keep it real" as the kids say.

    Certainly if you're working weights four days a week, one entire session could be devoted to a "Sinew and Steel" workout:

    • combat/terrain running, sprinting and leaping
    • Ballistic grip work
    • Odd lifts
    • Unusual techniques with conventional tools (eg, kettlebell centripetal swings)
    • Different tools (sledgehammers, bats, tyres)
    A fellow who swapped a second day of bench presses and curls for this kind of jazz couldn't go far wrong in my opinion.

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    Walter Dorey is offline Senior Member
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    AriSuper,

    Thank you!

    Henry Ross,

    I agree with your dissagreement, ha ha!

    It is great training for variety days, a recovery day, a finisher, but:

    More and more I feel a great way to train is to use 3-5 base exercises and do them twice per week. Something like ETK or the three Powerlifts (even subbing in OH presses in place of the bench press) or doing Olympic lifts, etc.

    Then take 2-3 days a week and focus on Sinew and Steel Chaos Training (how's that sound?)

    The base line lifts give you something that is easy to measure, program and cycle.

    While the other "Chaos Training" ties every thing together, filling in all the "holes" more mainstream type training leaves untouched.

    Of course if you are an office type worker and never do much else but train in a gym, you probably won't get what I am saying. You won't notice the holes in your training.

    But if you are active, play sports for fun, hike, hunt, engage in hard physical work at times or have a hard job like that, you will porbably immediately get my point.

    If your training is put to the test by actually testing and stressing your body in a large variety of things, (what I call real life) you will soon find that Powerlifting or Olympic lifting, etc. does help, but not nearly as much as you think. If some are in doubt, throw this type of functional training in once or twice a week for a month or two.

    And notice what happens.

    For those of you who have not read it, you might enjoy reading this article on my blog:

    http://www.sinewandsteel.com/2010/06/14/jump-into-the-wind/

    as it contains other thoughts on such training and how it affects the body.

    Walter
    sinewandsteel.com
    Last edited by Walter Dorey; 10-12-2010 at 06:55 AM.

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    Default Chaos training, baby!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Dorey View Post

    More and more I feel a great way to train is to use 3-5 base exercises and do them twice per week. Something like ETK or the three Powerlifts (even subbing in OH presses in place of the bench press) or doing Olympic lifts. The base line lifts give you something that is easy to measure, program and cycle.

    While the other "Chaos Training" ties every thing together, filling in all the "holes" more mainstream type training leaves untouched.

    If your training is put to the test by actually testing and stressing your body in a large variety of things, (what I call real life) you will soon find that Powerlifting or Olympic lifting, etc. does help, but not nearly as much as you think. If some are in doubt, throw this type of functional training in once or twice a week for a month or two.
    I'm not kidding when I say that this is the most exciting post I've ever read in any forum anywhere, ever.

    In this brief post, you've summed up the heart of TRUE functional training. And I'm going to start working out this way right now.

    I love the idea of a Sinew and Steel "Chaos Workout". In fact, it makes perfect sense! I'm fairly logical in my training; and I always wind up making things too orderly, sensible and symmetrical. This, like you say, is good for having a base to measure and program. But the end result is that I always miss the UN-symmetrical stuff that fuses everything into real-world strength.

    (I now have a great name for the "unsymmetrical stuff"..."chaos training". Thanks, Walter!)

    Instead of 3-5 lifts, I'm going to keep working on my top CC five:

    • Progressive push-up
    • Progressive pull-up
    • Pistols
    • Progressive bridging
    • Leg raises
    (My shoulders are getting so much work--I'm currently 250--I don't even need the inverse stuff, yet.)

    To this I'm going to throw in two makeshift weekly workouts using ideas from Sinew and Steel! I'm so excited about this...

    My only question is, when is John going to publish Sinew and Steel, the book...?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rog View Post
    I'm a big fan of that site & WalterDorey's posts.
    A big +1 :]

    Some of the best posts/ videos going.

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